Jeffrey Poacher reviews 'The End of Longing' by Ian Reid

The End of Longing

by Ian Reid

UWA Publishing, $32.95 pb, 304 pp, 9781742582740

What do we really know about other people, even those closest to us? In one of Chekhov’s most famous stories, the supreme adulterer Gurov takes the view that authentic life is always lived in secret (though, of course, he would say that). Marriage offers no ready access to another person’s history, as a young wife discovers in Ian Reid’s début novel, The End of Longing. Her problem of knowledge has graver implications than most, since her husband’s closet of secrets might well include a murder or two.

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Jeffrey Poacher

Jeffrey Poacher

Jeffrey Poacher has written about Australian fiction and literary criticism for ABR since 2008. His essays, reviews, and other writing have appeared in HEAT, The Times Literary Supplement, Jacket, and various academic journals. He lives in Brisbane.

Published in May 2011 no. 331

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